Black ★ Rock Shooter — Sad Girls With Cell Phones

July 24th, 2010


Key’s untapped market. 

I have no issues stating that I’ve by and large ignored the overhyped Black Rock Shooter. First a promo, then a super promo, then a special concert promo, then a super special pilot promo, then a super special ultra tiger dragon edition promo with promises of webstreaming, all the while being delayed by I think over 6 months from its initial stated release. At the same time, people who don’t understand Japanese were whipping themselves into a frenzy thinking that it’s something other than an OVA. To say that I’m tired of hearing about this before it even starts is an understatement.


This is actually two shows. One is mindless, but cool. The other is just mindless. Of course, guess which one the OVA spends 90% of its time on. Hell, the credits are almost as long as the interesting parts. After the short opening sequence, the first 20 minutes are "Girls Making Friends" with the occasional picture of whose-her-face walking through the Otherworld. It took about three minutes before I was anxiously looking at the clock and wondering if I had enough stale bagels to make bread pudding. I am being a little deceptive since the main/only fight starts about 20 seconds later, but after maybe a minute of that, it’s back to ten straight minutes of "Girls At School," including a two minute musical montage about them hanging out. What exactly were those delays for again? Had to spend more time animating… nothing? This OVA is so needlessly padded that it leaves a trail of tissues behind it when it walks. How about we focus on the Otherworld counterparts instead of having 10 minutes of looking angsty at cell phones?

If you want to get the most enjoyment out of it, skip to the Otherworld fights, rip out the music, and ignore all else. The real world stuff is generic narcotic drivel whose connection is never actually explained nor explored. You’ll still get probably about five minutes of enjoyment out of it, but it’s not worth the 40 other minutes of "Time Passes: The Show." Even then, it’s still very soulless since there’s no reason to feel anything for any of the characters. They’re just there. Fighting. Because monochrome fighting is cool. Well, mostly cool. I’m not a big fan of the "make the art stills look bad and the animation choppy because it’s more stylistic," but I recognize it as a conscious choice and not from the budget running out. It’s like watching some of Monty Oum’s stuff, only half as long and with 40 minutes of schoolgirls hanging out spliced in between cuts. With a super friendship disintegraton hug at the end. For once, I’d like to see ultimate victory in a Japanese show thanks to superior firepower, or skills, or intelligence. I swear to god, it’s like they’re trying to position themselves as an exporter of friendship as a fungible product.

And in case you’re curious; no, I do not have enough bagels. I will need to go to the grocery store. Over and out.

Posted in Anime | 27 Comments »

27 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • lubczyk says:

    So, are the songs at least voiced by Vocaloids?

    • lvlln says:

      No Vocaloid music here. The music was actually very good, but the closest to Vocaloid it got was the use of the theme from Black Rock Shooter in certain parts.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think it was so overhyped because people had no idea what it was going to be about, other than girls fighting to vocaloid tunes.

  • Jack Damn says:

    Damn…here I thought it was going to be about heroin addicts.

  • Pronas says:

    biggest disappointment of the year.
    No vocaloids, no fights at all, just metaphors (if you can consider the otherworld a metaphor) and friendship. Sure, the original black rock shooter song has no plot to it at all, but i was expecting they’d make some sort of plot about BRS walking around the otherworld and fighting other girls and shooting things. what we got is just friendship issues and what appears to be a cue-in for a sequel after the credits.

  • redlupine says:

    so… is this it? or are there more OVA episodes?

    not that you got me too excited for them

    • Pronas says:

      they kinda left a “to be continued” feeling to it, but I’m not sure they’ll do another BRS.

    • Aroduc says:

      There are no more planned at the moment. They sort of had another one of her friends looking slightly evil at the end, but that was it.

    • Kaisos says:

      I’m pretty sure this is sort of a pilot episode. Not that the Japanese have that tradition, but…

  • sora says:

    so this is not going to be an anime series, just an ova series right???

    Darn you Aroduc!!! Once I read the name Monty Oum I got more excited than a bird with a french fry!!!! >.<

  • sHIN says:

    Black rock shooter rocks as yuri!!

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  • Madao says:

    Fuck, while I’m desperately waiting for an anime featuring Luka as the main character, they go ahead with this and PHAIL at it. Let’s hope they will make something nicer vocaloids-related in the future, rather than this piece of shit….

  • Mushyrulez says:

    Overhype = failed expectations.

    What if there was no hype for this?

    One – the ratings for it would probably rise a lot
    Two – the people watching it would probably fall a lot

    This show definitely disappointed me. But then, if you look at it from afar, it’s actually OK – the only reason people seem to think it’s bad is because noone knew what they were going to watch.

    Though sad girls with cellphones does sum up the show pretty well, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  • yuyu says:

    My god males are the worst at picking up emotion in a show, I loved it and found it beautiful how BRS rescued dead master at the end, and for the record in case no one could figure it out it the time-frame was not in chronological order as all the BRS stuff happened after Mato fused with BRS at the end making it a full circle/time loop which I found a very unique way of putting things, and the slice of life parts were really sweet showing Mao and Yomi’s relationship grow through out the year~ the fighting parts were also really well put together. Watched it 3 times and each time I loved it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you kidding me? I’m a girl as well and I think this was a boring piece of crap. Emotion? Seriously?

    • LoliSauce says:

      I’m 100% male and I liked the actual “growth and trials of friendship” theme to the normal side of the story. This better not mean I have to grow a vagina, because I’m really not cool with that.

      Really though, they need to explain a lot of shit before the story (especially just how exactly each world ties into each other) becomes cohesive, and as a whole it was lacking. It’s pretty obvious that there’s going to be a sequel OVA based around Yuu becoming dejected and falling into the other world as the huge clawed badass, like Yomi did in this. I hope more is explained then.

      And for the record, the mindless action was pretty great, as well as the tie-ins to all the famed artworks.

  • Rincewind says:

    I just finished watching it. (Yes, laaate, as always).
    I loved it. The slice of life part is cute, the characters are likeable, the story can be simple and maybe unoriginal but is well done, and the other world secuences are top notch.
    I want more.

  • Asobitai says:

    I agree with most of you on the fact that it could have been more interesting. :\